Entrepreneurs return from EOY CEO retreat in North America

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Over 110 of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs are back in Ireland following last week’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year CEO retreat in Vancouver and Seattle. The retreat, which was attended by this year’s finalists and a number of EOY alumni, was, according to the organisers, “focused on equipping the entrepreneurs in attendance with the building blocks to create a robust global vision for their respective businesses”. “The CEO Retreat exposed our entrepreneurs to visionaries across all walks of life, from the founders of cutting-edge emerging companies to the president and CEO of global aerospace giant Boeing” said Frank O’Keeffe, partner-in-charge of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. “Whether they were artists, politicians…

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End to Voucher Expiry Dates Proposed in New Consumer Legislation

End to Voucher Expiry Dates Proposed in New Consumer Legislation

End to voucher expiry dates and online contract rights proposed in new consumer legislation A ban on expiry dates in gift vouchers and new rights in services and online contracts are among the proposals of new consumer rights legislation being published today for a consultation. According to Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton , the legislation represents the most far-reaching reform of consumer law in decades. It is designed to make consumer rights clear to consumers and businesses by replacing the overlapping combination of primary, secondary and European legislation in place currently. It will also give consumers a range of new rights. As well banning expiry dates for gift cards…

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Irish partners awarded €3.3m in EU funding for smart grid trials

Pat O’Doherty, chief executive of ESB; Jerry O’Sullivan, managing director of ESB Networks; and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte

Irish partners awarded €3.3m in EU funding for smart grid trialsPictured: Pat O’Doherty, chief executive of ESB; Jerry O’Sullivan, managing director of ESB Networks; and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte ESB Networks, Intune Networks and TSSG (WIT) have secured €3.3m in EU funding to explore how future internet technologies can be applied to advance smart energy systems. The funding was awarded under the FINESCE smart energy project following a competitive process with other EU states. ESB Networks said the Irish partners were selected on the basis of the potential savings their projects could deliver to consumers across the European Union. The funding for two Irish field trials was…

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TSSG in Waterford Leading Major EU 5G Project

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The Telecommunications, Software, and Systems Group ( TSSG ) at Waterford Institute of Technology is co-ordinating an EU-funded project to help build the global technical infrastructure for a fifth generation (5G) telecommunications network and mobile internet. The 30-month CogNet (Cognitive Networks) project has received almost €6m in EU funding as the only Irish-led project approved under the Horizon 2020-financed, 5G Public, Private Partnership programme (5G-PPP). Current telecom providers have just started the process of rolling out 4G, and 5G is likely to start appearing around 2022. A multinational project, CogNet will develop solutions to provide a highly automated and more intelligent level of network monitoring and management, improve operational and energy…

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Ireland can lead the way in ‘ICT-agriculture revolution’, conference hears

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Information and communications technology (ICT) offers enormous opportunities for the agriculture sector globally and Ireland can lead the way in this new revolution, a conference in Kilkenny heard today. Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) hosted the ICT Agricultural conference, which was addressed by EU commissioner Phil Hogan. By bringing together people from both the agricultural and ICT industries, common opportunities can be identified and the potential captured as a national strategy geared towards developing an export-focused ICT-agriculture industry, WIT president and TSSG founder and director, Prof Willie Donnelly said at the event. “We are working with our existing partners to develop new relationships to address recognised and agreed issues within the agricultural supply chain…

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Tyndall and TSSG Targeting €82m in Funding and 10 Spin-Outs with Internet of Things Partnership

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Tyndall and TSSG targeting €82m in funding and 10 spin-outs with internet of things partnership Tyndall National Institute and Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will seek to draw down €82m of funding available through the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and create 10 spin-outs. The MoU will formalize a partnership between the two research institutions to create a full end-to-end offering in the IoT space.  The MoU is targeting the creation of 10 new spin-out companies based on IoT technologies that will span multiple sectors. Tyndall and TSSG are currently collaborating on several projects across the energy, agriculture,…

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Taxback.com’s Terry Clune is Entrepreneur of the Year

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Terry Clune, who established global income tax service firm Taxback.com in 1996, was last night named Ernst &Young; Entrepreneur of the Year at Dublin’s City West Hotel. Taxback.com provides international tax, finance and travel consultancy services to clients in over 100 countries. The company has 600 staff in 17 countries processing 130,000 tax refunds, 30,000 visas and 60,000 international money transfers annually. Taxback.com recently opened an office in Haiti, supported by Denis O’Brien’s company Digicel. From its office in the Digicel building in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, the company’s 24 new staff will provide tax documentation assistance to customers largely in North America. Also featuring in last night’s awards was the Clonmel-based engineering…

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European Movement Ireland marks 60th birthday

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Sixty years ago this week 100 people gathered in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel to establish the Irish Council of the European Movement. As the oldest organisation dealing with European affairs in Ireland over the course of the past 60 years the mission and vision of European Movement Ireland has developed and evolved. Its original objective of advocating for Irish membership of the European Economic Communities (EEC), as the EU was then known, has shifted since 1973 to encompass and reflect the changing priorities of Ireland’s relationship with the EU. In recent years, as this country has experienced seismic economic shifts, European matters have come to the forefront of the Irish national media…

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